Karl-Michael Vogler

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Karl-Michael Vogler (2003)

Karl-Michael Vogler (born August 28, 1928 in Remscheid ; † June 9, 2009 in Seehausen am Staffelsee ) was a German actor .


Vogler, the son of a blacksmith , grew up in Bregenz . After graduating from high school, he went to the theater and made his debut in Innsbruck in 1950 . In the 1951/1952 season he was engaged on the Exl stage in Innsbruck . A successful stage career followed. He had other theater engagements at the Theater im Domhof in Osnabrück (1952–1954) and at the Städtische Bühnen Freiburg (1954–1958). His stage roles in Freiburg included: Franz von Sickingen in Götz von Berlichingen , Angelo in Maß für Maß , Tournel in the comedy Floh im Ohr by Georges Feydeau , all in 1954. 1955 followed by Lt. Keefer in Mutiny on the Caine , Simpkius in the salon comedy The private secretary of TS Eliot and Dr. Give in the comedy Fips mit der Angel by Dieter Rohkohl . From 1958 to 1964 he was a member of the ensemble of the Münchner Kammerspiele .

He had his first appearances in film and television as early as the late 1950s. In 1961 he was the "Horatio" in Franz Peter Wirth's television version of Hamlet . In 1962 he played the main role in Wirth's film Confessions of a Furnished Gentleman , based on a script by Oliver Hassencamp , and received the German Film Critics' Prize for it . A great success for him was the lead role in 1968 in the 7-part television film Der Mann who did not commit murder by director Hans Quest , which was broadcast on the ARD evening program.

Until the 1970s, Vogler was repeatedly cast in international cinema productions. In 1965 he was Gert Fröbe's partner in Ken Annakin's comedy The daredevil men in their flying boxes , in John Guillermin's The Blue Max in 1966 he played with George Peppard , James Mason and Ursula Andress , and in 1967 in Richard Lester's satire How I won the war with John Lennon and in Michael Ritchie's 1969 skiing film Schußfahrt with Robert Redford and Gene Hackman . In 1970 Vogler played his German opponent Erwin Rommel in Franklin J. Schaffner's Oscar-winning film Patton - Rebell in Uniform .

In the period that followed, Karl-Michael Vogler became one of the busiest actors on German television with a total of almost 300 roles. In 1972 he played the lead role in the science fiction - series Alpha Alpha . The production was reminiscent of the much later US series hit The X-Files , but was ahead of its time and was discontinued after the first season. Vogler was far more successful from 1973 to 1975 with the title role in the lavishly produced series Kara Ben Nemsi Effendi based on Karl May's first six oriental novels .

There were also a number of appearances in television productions such as Das Traumschiff , Tatort , Derrick , Ein Fall für TKKG , Der Kommissar and Kurklinik Rosenau . Karl-Michael Vogler also worked as a reciter and radio play speaker.

From 2005 Vogler went on tour with the Engelbert Wrobels Hot Jazz 3 and the “ Mark Twain in Concert” program , a synthesis of literature and jazz programs from Jelly Roll Morton to Duke Ellington .

Karl-Michael Vogler had been married to his wife Maria since 1952 and had three children with her. He died on June 9, 2009 at the age of 80 in his house in Seehausen am Staffelsee.

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  1. sueddeutsche.de: Actor Karl-Michael Vogler dies ( Memento from June 10, 2009 in the Internet Archive )
  2. bz-berlin.de: The familiar face: actor Karl-Michael Vogler is dead